Saturday, July 11, 2009

Mother of Victim Claims Racisim is Alive and Well

Racism is real. It happens when we don't question the use of racially offensive jokes from friends, even when it is said behind closed door. It happens when we pre-judge someone as a "drunk native" when all they want is to buy bottle of wine for dinner. It happens when you let it slide when you let your children they mock accent of a diffrent culture. And it also happens when you label someone a racist for just being a cowboy.

You might not think much of it, or think that it's not racist behaviour, but its a pretense that instills ignorance in people's psych. Then oneday it will come out in an ugly fasion, like it did on July 3rd.

Kirsten Phillips, mother of Jay Phillips, was interviewed by Vancouver Province:

Initially, Kirsten felt the gut-wrenching emotion of a mother watching her son on the pavement getting hammered by six fists.

“My heart stood still and I still choke up when I watch the video,” she said. “But I had to cheer when Jason got up and they started to scatter like little flies.”

“It shows racism is alive and well,” she added. “First and foremost, people are talking about it.”

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